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TACOMA: Give new Cheney Stadium a chance

Letter by Mike Crowley, Tacoma on March 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm with 3 Comments »
March 24, 2011 10:02 am

I’m amused by all of the furor created by Lewis Kamb’s front-page article (TNT, 3-20), the follow-up column by Peter Callaghan (3-22) and then an editorial (3-23) concerning the roofline at Cheney Stadium.

Reporters, columnists, editorial writers and “fans” are in a lather that the “regular people” will be out in the blazing sunshine or be forced to sit in torrential rainstorms to watch a ballgame. I, for one, have never gone to a game in a pouring rain, and if a shower came up during the game I always found shelter.

While I have fond memories of the old Cheney Stadium, I avoided sitting under the roof on a nice sunny day because it felt as if I were in a tunnel. By the way, there are only 13 day games (where the sun could be shining) out of 72 home games on the Tacoma Rainiers’ schedule this year.

Everyone needs to relax and go to a game and judge for themselves whether or not they like the new ballpark instead of making a decision before the new Cheney Stadium has even opened.

(Crowley is a former Tacoma mayor.)

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. Good points!! If it does start to rain heavily, guess what… they wont be playing baseball. Suck it up Tacoma… starting to sound like a bunch of babies.

  2. PumainTacoma says:

    So Mike how is your association with the MASTER BUILDERS ASSOCIATUIN going these days? We already know which side pays you a salary.

  3. I’ve never been a season ticket holder at Cheney Stadium. However, during the summer when the sun does shine intensely I’ve always always sat on the third base side so the roof would shield my party from the sun. After several hours the sun can become unbearable. I’ve been to Cheney in April and May, when there is a good chance of a light drizzle soaking the fans. The games are never suspended. The players have an opportunity to dry off in the dugout and change uniforms. The rest of us would seek shelter under the roof. Based on the pictures in the Tribune I cannot imagine there is any shelter for the masses. I do not go to any stadium to get soaked or watch the game on a television in a bar or in the gift shop.

    The news reporting concerning the bid process is interesting. But, what can we expect of a sport that has been plagued with cheating, i.e., steroid and substance abuse.

    Additionally, when I checked the Rainier’s website for single game ticket prices, I did not see any posted. Are we to get soaked twice when watching the game? Is the current ownership going to set those prices before the sale to the Tacoma group seeking to buy the team? Or will the new ownership group set the prices to recover the increased value of the team due to the public expenditure?

    Hopefully, the Rainiers will not hose us down on the cost of the clear plastic “baggies” to stay dry in the stands.

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